Lady with a Gun

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Lernard Chambers
English College Comp 1
Mr. David Glimpse
March 3, 2014

The Other Meaning of Race

This essay “What’s in a Name,” Henry Louis Gates created a expresses on his viewpoint of the discrimination that his parents, particularly his father, experienced during his childhood in the South. The specific example that Gates refers to involves an incident where a shopkeeper who was friendly with his father referred to him as “George,” a name that Gates now realizes was a popular way of referring to African Americans in those times. Perhaps because his father made good money and the shopkeeper felt uneasy about his status, or simply because of the color of his skin, Gates’ father had to accept this discrimination and there was nothing he could do about it. “The “Black Table ”Is Still There,” Lawrence Otis Graham, this story he created a point of view I would never imagine over something so small, like sitting at the wrong table. Mr. Graham had mention,” It was always something that was a source of fear and dread for three hours each school morning of my early adolescence.
What I found interesting was that the Gates family was different than the other African American families in the town. They were treated with a mix of dislike and respect. An example would be “Them being allowed to eat where other blacks couldn’t due to Mr. Gates’ reasons and were of privileged status.” Once the incident with Mr. Wilson had occurred, the author might have felt ashamed or a bit embarrassed.
Also Henry Louis Gates Jr. “What’s in a Name?“, Gates deals with a sort of life changing reality as a young boy. Gates and his father went to the drugstore in town, where his father was the only colored person that could eat there out of the whole town. As Gates was eating his ice cream, his father greets Mr. Wilson and he responds by saying ,“Hello, George.” Gates then finds out…...

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